I knew from the start of cloth diapering I would use cloth wipes. It just makes sense. Im already washing the diapers, why not the cloth wipes too? It was easy in the beginning when my son was exclusively breastfed. There was no need for a diaper sprayer at all in our house. Diapers and wipes both just went into the diaper pail until wash day. Even now I don't spray all of my wipes. Only if they are really gross with chunks of poop on them will I spray them. Otherwise, straight to the pail they go!
I have two sets of cloth wipes, a wet set and a dry set. I use the wet wipes in my wipes warmer. I have the warmer made for cloth wipes by Prince Lionheart. I just roll up a couple rows and pour wipes solution over them. Ruby Moon wipe bits are my favorite solution. In the warmer, I use Thirsties Fab Wipes. I love how thick and soft they are. The size is great and I only have to use one wipe for each change. The wet wipes are what I like to reach for when I have a poopy diaper to change.
My second set of cloth wipes is a stack of dry wipes that I keep beside a bottle of bumGenius Bottom Spray. I like these for changing just wet diapers. A quick spray on my son and wipe him down. The spray is also great to get his attention when hes trying to wiggle away. He always gets still and smiles and I can buy myself just a few more seconds to complete his diaper change without a struggle.
I also use cloth wipes on the go! I throw a couple wet wipes from the wipes warmer in either a Planetwise wipes pouch or a small wet bag. They stay wet and the wet bag prevents the wetness from wicking onto the contents of my diaper bag. After using them, I just toss them in my other wet bag with my dirty diapers. I prefer the wet wipes on the go over the spray because I feel like its easier. I dont know about you, but I have a hard enough time changing a wiggly baby in a cramped bathroom! The last thing I need is to add one more step to the process. \
Cloth wipes have even made me think about family cloth. If only I could get my husband on board! Have you made the switch to cloth wipes? Are you intimidated by the extra work you think they will create? Give them a try! I promise you wont be disappointed!
Jenny is a cloth diapering, stay at home mama. She writes about her cloth diaper obsession on her blog, Cloth Diaper Revival. She is also a contributor for She Thinks Media Bloggers Network.
Kelly C Date 6/26/2012 5:54:25 PM
I just recently switched to using cloth wipes at home. It just makes more sense to throw a cloth wipe in with the diapers than to have a separate container for used disposable wipes!
I use a spray and a dry cloth but I think I might add wet cloths too, sounds a lot easier for poopy rear ends!
Bridgett Date 6/26/2012 8:36:44 PM
We finally made the switch to cloth wipes, too. Like Kelly said, it makes sense to just throw it in with the diapers. We still have disposable wipes on hand for extra messy poops, on-the-go, etc, but it's nice not having to throw money out with every single diaper change.
Sarah Date 6/26/2012 9:48:14 PM
Oooh you should consider making your own wipes! I just cut up receiving blankets and fleece and flannel scraps I had lying around. Don't even have to sew if you use pinking shears! (my friend cut up baby washcloths.)
We use dry wipes (as few extra gadgets as possible as far as the wipes container) and a homemade spray (lots of easy DIY options out there). But I totally agree with you: if you're gonna use CD, it just makes sense to use cloth wipes! It even got me to make cloth napkins for dinn
Danielle Date 6/26/2012 11:24:42 PM
I like home made wipes from old cotten sweat pants :) Love the soft side and textured side. For going out with cloth wipes I have dry disposable wipes I order on amazon, put them in a small wetbag with wipe solution and toss in other wet bag with dirty diapers after use. They take up less room and survive the washer and even dryer just fine so I can use them again. I use a homemade wipe solution and these work great for wiping hands and faces on the go too.
Mia Date 6/27/2012 7:07:17 PM
I like using cloth wipes as well but lately my wipes warmer has been smelling funky. I put the wipes in slightly moist with water and then use a spray after and have had no problem so far until now.
Any solutions for the smell?
Jenny McClamroch Date 7/3/2012 9:52:34 AM
Not sure Mia. Have you changed the pad in the bottom? Are you even using the pad? You could always unplug it, spray it down, and let it sit in the sun open for a day.
tavia Date 2/23/2013
I LOVE using cloth wipes!! In fact when we are on the go I've was using the disposable wipes that were gifted to us until noticed that my babes bum got a bit red from the chemicals I suppose. At home we use a solution that works like magic and smells great! I highly reccommend the Lavender & Calendula Soap from an independent company in Yukon Canada called Log Cabin Soap Co. I shred about 2TBS worth of the soap into a large measuring cup, add 1Tbs of white vinegar and add about 2-2 half cups
Amanda Hayes Date 8/24/2013
As said previously it does make more sense to use cloth wipes!
Ashley F Date 2/25/2014
Do the wipes stay warmer if you roll them up versus stacking? I have always just stacked my wipes up in my wipes warmer.
Steph M Date 2/25/2014
I tried cloth wipes but went cheap and bought dollar store cloths. They're basically plastic and didn't absorb or anything. I've just this week considered buying a couple sets of cotton facecloths to use instead, and getting back to cloth wipes. I think I will tonight! I will still take disposables on the go, though.
Kari Date 2/25/2014
I loved my cloth wipes but I always had an issue with them dragging while I was trying to wipe. No matter what solution I used there was no slide. And lots of complaining. Any suggestions for that?
Jennifer K Date 2/25/2014
I started with disposable wipes, but it seemed pretty pointless. I had to keep my wet bag for the dirty diapers, and a trash bag just for the dirty wipes. Yuck! I ended up switching to cloth because it just makes sense. I don't bother with a wipe warmer, but then I didn't use one with disposables either. ;-)
Mac & Mae Baby Date 2/26/2014
I use 100% Bamboo wipes. I keep a "peri" bottle of plain water on the table. I squirt the wipe with water then rub it into a tub of Coconut oil before wiping. This makes cleaning much easier and softer on baby. Helps prevent rash.